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Custom Orthotics Specialist

Arcadia Foot and Ankle

Podiatry located in Scottsdale, AZ, Mesa, AZ & Sun City, AZ

If you live with foot and ankle pain due to biomechanical abnormalities in your feet, you might benefit from custom orthotics. At Arcadia Foot and Ankle, with two locations in Scottsdale and also in Mesa and Sun City, Arizona, the team of expert podiatrists offers custom orthotics fittings and prescriptions to reduce your foot pain and risk of orthopedic complications. Call the practice or schedule a consultation online today to discover if custom orthotics are right for you.

Custom Orthotics Q & A

What are custom orthotics?

You’ve seen shoe inserts at the pharmacy and shoe stores. Custom orthotics are similar, but they’re better because they’re made specifically to fit your foot and correct structural and gait issues that cause pain and other problems. 

Custom orthotics support and comfort your feet. They match your foot’s contours and help your foot move correctly. 

The podiatrists at Arcadia Foot and Ankle offer rigid, soft, and semi-rigid orthotics. 

Rigid orthotics

Rigid orthotics control the function and movement of your foot, controlling motion in the joints directly below your ankle. Rigid orthotics are made from plastic or carbon fiber. You typically wear them while walking or in dress shoes.

Soft orthotics

Soft orthotics are made from soft, cushioning materials. They absorb shock, improve balance, and relieve pressure on sore spots on your feet. The team often prescribes soft orthotics for people with diabetes, arthritis, or structural abnormalities. 

Semi-rigid orthotics

Semi-rigid orthotics have layers of soft and rigid materials to support foot balance. You wear them while walking or participating in sports. Children with flat feet or abnormal in-toeing or out-toeing might also benefit from semi-rigid orthotics. 

Why would I need custom orthotics?

The podiatrists at Arcadia Foot and Ankle prescribe custom orthotics to treat a wide range of foot and ankle problems, including:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Flat feet
  • High arches

Custom orthotics relieve pain and reduce pressure points, allowing your feet and ankles to move naturally.

What is the process for getting custom orthotics? 

Your podiatrist begins by making a mold of your feet. They send the mold to the orthotics manufacturers, who custom-make the orthotics to precisely fit and support your feet. 

When they’re ready, you return to the office. You put the orthotics in your shoes, and your podiatrist evaluates your posture, gait, and pressure points to ensure the inserts provide the intended support. 

It can take a little time to get used to wearing your orthotics. Your podiatrist provides personalized instructions on how to integrate the orthotics into daily use. 

If you have foot or ankle pain, call Arcadia Foot and Ankle or make an appointment online today to learn more about custom orthotics and if they’re right for you.